Five Times You Proved To Be The Greatest Teacher

Five Times You Proved To Be The Greatest Teacher

You became more than just a teacher, you became a life-long friend and mentor to me.

To students, there is always one teacher; one teacher that changed the whole game for them. One teacher who opened their eyes, and changed their opinions, and challenged you as a student. On the first day of class, he did nothing but exceed the expectation of greatness that past students had set up for him. He was a warm, gentle spoken, and kind human being. I could see that just from him introducing himself and his class. Throughout that school year and up until he left, he became a friend to me in a way. So this letter is to him, and to thank him for being one of the greatest men I have ever had the privilege of knowing.

1. You taught us love is key to living a successful and happy life.

Because of you and what you called your daily “Markisms”, I learned that love is a special thing. By you sharing your stories of love, it allowed me to open my eyes as to what I want for myself in the future. You told us that if we had to force things in a relationship it wasn’t worth it, and that we shouldn’t hold on to things just because we’re comfortable. Because life isn’t about being comfortable, dating, because you’re comfortable, doesn’t hurt anybody but yourself. Dating because you love and can’t see yourself without that person… that’s the good stuff.

2. You allowed your students to know you personally.

Because we lived in such a small town, I know that you knew of your students and their family, and of course, they all knew of you and yours. You allowed us to know many little details of your life and in return, it allowed us to feel a stronger connection. It allowed us to feel as though we could talk to you about anything if we ever needed to.

3. You were there for us in major times of our high school life.

You allowed each of your students to know that there was a trust there that couldn’t be broken. Because as teenagers we’re having to face many things in high school, and getting close to deciding colleges and what to do in our lives… You allowed us to have a safe zone to come to if we ever needed it. For me, you were there for me anytime it was needed, and there were a couple of circumstances I took advantage. You might not remember it, or remember the things you had said… but I do. And I will always hold those words of advice close to my heart.

4. You taught your students valuable life lessons

In your classroom, teaching your students history was obviously the requirement. But on top of that, you gave us real advice. Advice on how to concur life, on how to live a happy life, and many, many other lessons. Your advice far exceeded anybody else’s, because it was honest, it was real, and it was sincere. You made each and every one of your students feel as though you were talking to them individually because you were. You gave us advice about many things in life simply because you wanted nothing but the best for your students.

5. You taught your students that laughter is the best medicine.

You were always the jokester type. You liked to tell jokes and make your students laugh. Because of this, you taught me a valuable lesson. That lesson is that life can be rough, it can be harsh, and it can be hard to understand. But with all of the things, life throws your way… you have to learn not to sweat the small stuff.

See, to me, these reasons are just scratching the surface as to why you had such a huge impact on my life. I think of you often, and I hope every day that you are doing well. I think of many jokes, many life lessons, and many different discussions that occurred in that classroom. I think of the many reasons as to why you’re the greatest teacher/man and it’s because of all of these things plus so much more. I wish I could put it all into better words, but just thank you. Thank you for everything.


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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

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